Hacka Dolls are AI that scan a person in order to tailor news recommendations and information to their users. These widespread, personalized robots have served many citizens, from government officials to professional sports players.
A severe drop in quality leads to the production of three substandard Hacka Dolls. Due to their personality defects, they are sent to Earth, tasked with advancing humanity in whatever way they can. Whether it be encouraging a fujoshi to sell a doujinshi at Comiket or performing in an idol group, the three dolls will complete any task as long as it abides by their moral compass. Despite their shortcomings, they take their mission very seriously and always try their best to assist everyone with incredible enthusiasm.
Hackadoll is my surprise anime of the season. I picked it up about halfway through expecting it to be a stupid boob comedy based on the moe blob art style and the obvious character archetypes they were shooting for in their three characters: dumb blonde genki girl, big boobs-chan, and sleepy loli girl. However right I was about these characters, I was also very wrong. Hackadoll turned out to be a very entertaining short anime, much in the vein of Comical Psychosomatic Medicine of this past summer season.
Hackadoll's strength is that it picked one anime franchise or a trope and made that the backbone
of the joke it told throughout the 7 minute runtime of each episode. They lampooned everything from Neon Genesis Evangelion to Dragonball Z to Shirobako to dating sims and hentai. In fact, nearly every episode makes fun of a different genre or series with the antics of the bumbling, clueless Hackadolls, a trio of AI whose purpose is to "advance" the people who download their app. "Advancing" people typically turns into the Hackadolls screwing up the person who summoned them's life beyond repair, but then by some horrifically humiliating or mortally dangerous event, the person manages to achieve their goal... mostly. It plays out on screen a lot better than it sounds on paper.
Hackadoll's animation is fairly simple traditional style- since it's a web series with probably a negative budget, but blowing the audience away with visuals isn't the point of the show anyway. The three main VA are all relative newcomers (two of them are even younger than I am) and give solid performances as the aforementioned character archetypes, but are backed up by the awesome veteran Ryouka Yuzuki, or LADY SATSUKI KIRYUUIN herself, as the irascible, overbearing boss, Hackadoll 0.
This show was a good way to blow 5 minutes (because a minute and a half of it is the intro song) with some lighthearted, goofy humor and a bit of parody of some series that I love. I'm not sure how much studio Trigger had to do with the production of this show (they're tagged as a producer), but their influences are strong here. It's zany, off the wall; a lot like watching some kids on a sugar high acting crazy.
There have been plenty of shorts this year, but almost none of them were as good as this one. At first glance, it doesn't look like anything special, but I was surprised to find how entertained and engrossed I was, despite it only being about 7 minutes long.
I enjoyed each individual story, loved the characters and music, and was really impressed with the different drawing styles introduced during certain scenes. I didn't expect that from a short anime! I also really liked the casual references to other anime.
I'm not sure how well this one would work as a full-length anime, but I really wish
there will be a second season. I think it's a fun, entertaining anime with a lot to offer!
This is my first review, so if I say anything weird, I apologise.
While Hacka Doll was a bit bad in certain places, it still had good animation and made you laugh at certain parodies or certain funny moments. As a guy who watches almost everything, this anime was something you could just sit back and enjoy the various situations that happen. If you want a breath of fresh air from all those heavy action anime, and you want to laugh, even for a small bit, this anime is for you. Otherwise, you should find something better if this anime does not keep up with your
Hacka Doll is a short-form parody anime (~5 min per ep once you subtract the op and end) that gets funnier as it goes along. It starts to pick up steam around episode 3, and really hits its stride around episodes 7 and 8 (my two favorites, I think). If you're not impressed by the first couple episodes, give it a chance -- it's not a huge time investment either way.
The basic concept is that Hacka Dolls are AI beings designed to help "advance" humanity, either on an individual level or a societal level. Certain Hacka Dolls have had great success in helping humans progress,
but the titular Hacka Dolls -- Ichigo (#1), Nigo (#2), and Sango (#3) -- are inferior products with a low efficacy rating. In the first episode, #1, #2, and #3 are activated and sent into the world in order to raise their rating with "advancing" humans -- or risk being branded poorer quality models and terminated. The show follows these three particular Hacka Dolls (plus a latterly released #4, Yongo) as they go out into the world and attempt to "advance" humans in need of help. The first and the last episode tie into each other, but beyond that, the episodes are largely unrelated except that they each lampoon a discrete aspect of otaku culture and tv tropes.
The result, to my mind, is hilarious. Although there are times when the parody seems either overdone, overused, or sometimes weak, by and large Hacka Dolls succeeds in poking fun and generating laughs in a very self-aware kind of way. #1, #2, and #3 are taken right to the edge of parody -- close of enough to be funny, but not so over-the-top that it's like beating a dead horse. Add in #4 for some additional trope subversion ("chosen one" gone awry!) and Hacka Dolls walks away a success.
No complaints on my end in the art department. It can be a bit "Trigger-y" at time, which is fine by me.
Overall, a solid series, well worth the minimal time spent watching. It doesn't outshine some of the better short-anime-comedies I've seen (Uchuu Patrol Luluco or Senyuu.) but it's not without its own merit. 7.5/10 (but I'll round up!).